I have always loved the look of watercolors and have dabbled a bit in the medium throughout the years, but never felt like I had a good grasp on them. I have been painting along with some online classes through Skillshare, and really love it! I have been posting my little paintings and works in progress through my Instagram, and I know the more I practice them the better they will get. Here is my most recent session complete with hot tea and some lovely spring subjects!
Lately I have been sketching and drawing all sorts of food. From sketching some tasty donuts and coffee to illustrating a gooey-cheesy slice of deep dish, I have been exploring the creative side of my foodie habits. Here is a few illustrations I ended up using for food related event invitations for students at JMLS. Food is one of my favorite subjects to draw, if you need a special food related illustration let me know, I would love to do it!
One of my favorite sayings is "Look at the flowers in your garden instead of focusing on the weeds". Yesterday I was sketching and came up with this coloring page full of flowers and a positive message. One of my goals for this year is to Spread Kindness through Creativity, and this is the first of many projects to come. Feel free to download, color, and share.
This year's goal for myself is to create more work with an intention of kindness. Shining some light into this challenging year will be my goal and I invite you to do the same. Some projects I am working on include: letterpress cards, postcards, and a line of enamel pins!
It is time to find a new calendar for 2017! I love finding a new, unique calendar to hang up in the office and at home. I have designed this year at-a-glance calendar that features flowers and adorable foxes. This will be available on my Spoonflower shop soon, where you can make it into a tea towel or a unique wall hanging.
I took this sketch of a fox and a few floral elements and transformed them in Illustrator into this calendar design. The fabric design version that is going into my Spoonflower shop doesn't have the floral repeating pattern in the background.
As summer draws to an end, and fall is right around the corner I felt inspired to draw a corgi getting ready to go back to school. This was a really fun illustration to do, I started in my sketchbook with a pencil, and then finished coloring it in Photoshop and cropped the original drawing down to this layout.
Margaret Hamilton is a computer scientist, systems engineer, and business owner. She was a part of a team that developed on-board flight software for the Apollo space program at NASA. Her contributions were an integral part of the successful moon landing, and I bet you have never heard of her. I was inspired to do this illustration of Margaret after listening to this segment on Science Friday about her and the all female team of coders working on the Apollo 11 mission. I started off by doing a rough sketch using a blue pencil, and finished it on my Surface Pro using the Bamboo App and finally Photoshop to add in a few finishing touches.
Learn more about Margaret and other women in science who deserve to have their stories told.
I designed this Kawaii Pets surface pattern design for a recent Spoonflower design prompt. Japanese anime and Kawaii culture came into my life once I started watching Studio Ghibli films like My Neighbor Totoro and after a trip to Japan that really ignited a love for all things Kawaii. From toys to stationery, this style makes me smile and fills my work space and home with a fun, positive energy.